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The Pusher: serial killer, Urban Myth, or Bad Stats?

‘There’s a serial killer on the loose in Manchester,’ one of my creative writing students said. As a mystery writer I was agog to know more. Over a period of six years, scores of young men had turned up in rivers and canals around Manchester…. Read more


Writing beginnings, creative inspirations, and new ventures

Interview by Lucy Sweeney Byrne of Books Go Social This is an interview I did with Lucy Sweeney Byrne of Books Go Social – I am grateful for the opportunity to reproduce it in its entirety here. (MM) Since she started writing seriously in the… Read more


Writing matters 1: On Collaboration

I intend to serialize here the podcast of an interview I did last summer with DJ Red Viking of the Archers. DJ Red Viking asked some searching and sometimes difficult questions about writing influences, collaboration, UK vs USA mysteries and thrillers, research, plot vs character,… Read more


What does an award-nominated novel have that others don’t?

Believe No One is a crime thriller featuring British forensic scientist, Professor Nick Fennimore and Detective Chief Inspector, Kate Simms. In this outing, they are based in the United States. The novel has just been shortlisted for The Crime Warp New Years Honours for UK… Read more


Psychopathic killers – is it pointless asking why?

The new Fennimore & Simms forensic thriller, BELIEVE NO ONE, features Sheriff Launer, a ‘My rodeo, my rules’ kind of guy. He’s part of an Interstate Task Force investigating a series of murders. He tells the forensic psychologist, ‘I guess it’s your job to try… Read more


How to Spot a Psychopath

Psychopaths are far more commonplace than you would think. In my last blog, I wrote about a burglary suspect who reminded me of Dennis Nilsen, who was convicted in 1983 of murdering 15 young men. He kept the bodies for weeks, eventually dismembering them, burning… Read more


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